What’s the worse advice you’ve ever received as an entrepreneur? Mine was to “Be your own boss”. I heard this in my 20s and spent years trying to be my own boss. It was horrible. I had many boss-worker conversations with myself about how I wasn’t managing myself well, I wasn’t paying myself enough, I wasn’t mentoring myself well and so on. These were lonely conversations…
Only after meeting enough successful people out there did I realise none of them were trying to be their own boss. They all knew success comes by serving others, and so they had gone out of their way to choose their bosses. Some chose to be accountable to their team. Others to their customers. Others to their investors or partners. But they woke up each morning making someone else the boss, so they could stay motivated, accountable – and recognised for a job well done.
The more successful they became, the more accountable they became – to entire communities, industries and even global movements.
So if you’re still out there trying to be the boss, quit that job. Instead of being the boss, focus at choosing the right boss, and make it someone worth working for.
That’s when we realise freedom doesn’t come from being our own boss where we end up being our own problem, but serving others where we end up being our own hero.